"What is the problem with you?" Accepting culture diversity in Alto Adige
Faculty of Sciences of Education Free University of Bozen Brixen (Bz), Italy
Is it possible to handle multiculturalism without handling conflict? Which problems can emerge in everyday experience of a bilingual country; is multiculturalism always experienced as a resource or can it be seen as the major problem concerning identity, social life, culture in general? When more than one culture cohabitates in the same area, is one destined to prevail on the other? And, should they be considered apart in order to protect identity or should they mix together? And if no one prevails, can this issue become a serious obstacle to the development of the entire community in terms of mutual understanding beyond apathetic indifference? This paper will shows the results of a field research carried out during the last two years in Brixen: the social experience of multiculturalism. A pilot research that has been carried out with qualitative methods (40 interviews in German and Italian), in order to investigate emerging problems of a bi-cultural community as directly experienced and expressed by the community members.